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My soul waits for the Lord

More than watchers for the morning

more than watchers for the morning

I’m keeping vigil in time of illness, and I’m grateful to know I’m not alone

There are watchers all over this hospital, all over every place of healing

In schools, churches, on the streets

Watching out for one another

Waiting in prayer

It’s a daily thing.

May we always remember, even when we don’t have a loved one

or a name

or a news story

that our prayers are needed

that vigil can be only a moment

That we are not alone.

Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, works as a paving contractor, and is an occasional blogger.

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